Shiki Matcha Powder

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170 °F / 76 °C 2 min, 45 sec 6 oz / 177 ml

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  • “I’m slowly turning into a matcha smoothie addict. This is what I drink for breakfast on the weekends and sometimes for a snack. I vary the fruit a lot but today it was frozen pineapple, banana, a...” Read full tasting note
  • “I have tried to make matcha I want to be able to make matcha – I watched videos, I read steepster reviews, I am seeing conflicting information and so I went for it and did 1/4 c water 2 scoops...” Read full tasting note
  • “I found an interesting chocolate bar that scremed “matcha match!” the second I saw it: Rightously Raw’s Maqui Rose Truffle bar. Especially since it’s made with raspberry powder, rosehip powder,...” Read full tasting note
  • “Last weekend some friends and I went to club/bar that had $15 all you can drink beer and rails, needless to say, shit got crazy and it was a blast…. But the next morning I wasn’t feeling so great…....” Read full tasting note

From Maeda-en

Maeda-en’s Shiki Matcha is not only great in Usu-cha style preparations, but it’s also delicious in baked goods as well!

To brew Usu-cha style, whisk 1/2 tsp of Matcha with 1/2 cup of hot water with a softened bamboo whisk (or a latte frother). Then take your cup to your favorite spot and savor the moment.

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Maeda-En has been in business for the last 25 years as an importer, manufacturer and wholesaler of green tea & green tea desserts. Our Japanese grown, fresh quality green teas are shipped directly from our production factory in Japan to the states and then world-wide.

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I’m slowly turning into a matcha smoothie addict. This is what I drink for breakfast on the weekends and sometimes for a snack. I vary the fruit a lot but today it was frozen pineapple, banana, a fuji apple and some soymilk. It’s a great way to get in your servings of fruit and your tea at the same time — I love it!


mmmm craving a smoothie now. I’m gonna make one now!!

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Mmm, sounds so yummy!


Very yummy! I have a Blendtec and that’s pretty much the only thing I use it for. :D


Lucky, I have always wanted the, “Will it blend” blender.

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I have tried to make matcha I want to be able to make matcha – I watched videos, I read steepster reviews, I am seeing conflicting information and so I went for it and did 1/4 c water 2 scoops matcha powder that didnt work was too dark and murky and tasted odd. ( I have had matcha a few times so have a little bit of an idea what it should taste like ). Then I tried less matcha more water … no go. I just don’t know what I am doing wrong and which video or review to believe on how to make it. No rating – not the matcha’s fault. I also tried two different brands this and one from


Hmm, I guess I’ve only made (and tried) matcha lattes, but I use about 1 tsp per cup. Perhaps you should try making it into a latte? I can’t say I’ve tried it straight (and perhaps won’t).

And I’m wondering if the two scoops + 1/4c water was to initially get it dissolved without being chunky, and then you add quite a bit more water, as that sounds ridiculously strong to me!


What tools do you use to make the Matcha?


I have the scoop (don’t know the formal name for it) and the wisk (again I fail to know such words yet) its a small travel CHASEN that’s it :) (proud of myself here) …
I even have a proper bowl – not that I think this matters any.


OK. Do you sift the matcha? Here is what I do, I’ll try to take you step by step, but, bear in mind that I’ve been doing it so long that I eyeball it and know what’s going to work … and it usually does.

I use the Chashaku (bamboo scoop. Long handle, looks a bit like a hockey stick made out of bamboo) to scoop out the matcha. I usually use 3 – 4 scoops of this, and I scoop it directly into my sieve. I use a simple sieve that I purchased at the grocery store in the utensil aisle (for about 2 bucks), it’s basically a tiny hand strainer. I use the back of my scoop to push the Matcha through the mesh of the strainer, and sift the matcha through the strainer directly into the chawan (matcha bowl, although any bowl will do)

Then I carefully pour the hot water (I usually use 160 degree F water) over the matcha… just a small amount, and use the chasen (bamboo whisk) to whisk the matcha into a paste. Then I gradually add more water as I’m whisking until I’ve achieved the right consistency. Then I give it a really good whisking until its well incorporated and frothy.

Please feel free to PM me if you still have problems or questions, I’m happy to help you if I can. :)


Thank you – I did use the sifter – mesh strainer thing but I did not add the water little by little – maybe that is my issue! Thank you I will try this as I did everything else in your suggestions well I also didn’t use as much matcha how much water do you use with the four scoops? I will pm you this as well in case you don’t see this and thank you!


Tommy and Krystaleyn thank you – I will watch that vid Tommy. I agree Krystaleyn I thought it was too much to but LiberTeas is saying more matcha – but I PMd her to ask about how much water per 4 scoops.


Try about 3/4 cup of water for four scoops. Start with a smaller portion of that, about 1/8 of a cup to make your paste, and then gradually add the rest to make a total of 3/4 cup. After you’ve whisked vigorously and its all incorporated, taste it and see what you think… you can always add a little more water if it is too thick.


Now I wonder how much a scoop is! That sounds incredibly strong to me :)


Thank you LiberTEAS I do appreciate all the help and will give it another go this evening. Krystaleyn – they are not expensive – Den’s tea still has the mini travel chasen with scoop for 5 bucks if you plan to order from them anytime soon.
You may not notice there is a small scoop there in the picture but there is – its hidden inside the scoop and it has a prong in the middle so you can expand its size sorry can’t explain at all but it is a normal sized scoop.


Oh wait or do you mean how MUCH matcha to scoop up? Yeah that is a good question as well – I just watch the videos and eye ball it according to how they do it but every one is eyeballing it lol


A scoop is about the size of an average almond.


Ah indeed I did read that somewhere – thanks for the reminder!


Hmmm, that would make a scoop closer to half a teaspoon?


LOL I am going to say yes … just because it sounds good :) I have no idea though I will try making the scoop the size of an almond then put it in a half teaspoon and let you know :)

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I found an interesting chocolate bar that scremed “matcha match!” the second I saw it: Rightously Raw’s Maqui Rose Truffle bar. Especially since it’s made with raspberry powder, rosehip powder, Himalayan pink salt, rose powder…Tons of tart red, basically, like Madegascan chocolate. Shiki is the natural match ( given what’s on hand).

Whoo! The chocolate was almost too tart, like a rosehip truffle. Though trying this matcha as koicha out of curiousity made it mellow with the grain and grassness.!
Maeda-en now has “Universal/usucha” and “Ceremony” grades but at a slight price difference which made me think there isn’t much of a difference. Since this came out as wheat sweet and fairly smooth, I think it’s safe to say the universal suffices.

Especially since it now has an amazing raw truffle bar to harmonize with. =)

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Last weekend some friends and I went to club/bar that had $15 all you can drink beer and rails, needless to say, shit got crazy and it was a blast…. But the next morning I wasn’t feeling so great…. Britt told me that she just recently read something that banana milk shakes apparently are good for hangovers because the banana helps calm the stomach, and with the honey, builds up the depleted blood sugar levels. The milk soothes the stomach and re-hydrates your system. Bananas are also rich in the important electrolytes, magnesium and potassium, which are severely depleted during heavy drinking, thus giving you a nice energy boost in the morning. Sadly, last weekend I didn’t have any bananas, so it was just water and Gatorade for me.

Fast forward to this weekend… after a night of Gin N Juice, Smash Bros, and Bang!, I didn’t wake up hungover, but I still didn’t feel like 100%…. So since I now have bananas, I decided to give the banana shake a try even though I wasn’t feeling too bad. But then I remembered reading in a tea book that green tea is good for hangovers, then it hit me…. Banana Matcha Milkshake!

So, pulled out my remaining shiki matcha powder (about 1.5tbsp), added 3 bananas, 2-3 tablespoons of honey, 2 cups of milk, and a handful of ice cubes to add a nice texture too it (plus, H20 always helps with re-hydrating yourself)… BAM! Heaven in a cup…

Boy, does this hit the spot… Great form of sustenance, I feel like I don’t even need to eat breakfast now, I’m actually full from drinking this….. Like I said, this morning, I’m really not hungover, just feeling really lethargic… I already feel a nice little boost of energy from this… So I could definitely see how this would be a nice hangover remedy…

This is a perfect blend of banana and matcha… You get a nice banana flavor, with grassy undertones that mix well together. Then you get that little extra bit of sweetness from the honey… With how glorious this tastes, you’d think it wasn’t healthy for you at all… BUT IT TOTALLY IS!… So I’ll definitely be making this in the future for hangovers or if I just want a nice, refreshing, and healthy drink to satisfy my sweet tooth!

Now I’m just gonna sit here and relax while drinking my shake and watching highlights from last night’s Blues game….


I want one! I might actually need one Wednesday morning >_>


After a weekend full of beer pong, I sure could have used one of these shakes. Sounds wonderful.

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I have sadly avoided matcha since my 1st experience with it was not so good but the desire to try it again has always been in the back of my mind. So, I picked this up during my last visit to the wonderful International Food Market (where the 1st no name matcha came from) and finally got around to preparing a bowl.

I am to lazy to go find what the real names of all the matcha pieces are, but I have the scoop spoon, the whisk and a bowl so of course I used them. The water was 180 degrees,1.5 scoops of the matcha powder was added and then I whisked till I could stand the suspense no longer.

This stuff was SO much better than the crap I had the 1st time. My bowl was sweet and slightly grassy, not too strong but obviously green tasting. I liked it and hope to start trying different types of matcha. Of course that means spending more money. Can the invisible tea gods please give us all an unlimited supply of tea funds?


Yay for matcha! It’s become a daily must for me. The whisk is a chasen and the scoop is a Chashaku.

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The difference between thin grade and thick grade matcha is stunning, I recommend you experiment to see the difference!


@Cofftea: thanks for letting me know what they were called! I knew it was something along those lines :)

@Harney & Sons The Store: Oh trust me, I have plans to experiment with matcha!


Yeah I prefer thin grade myself, but sometimes I delve into the thick grade action :P. I know I know I live dangerously.

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having been drinking green tea for years leaf and tea bag I find Shiki Matcha powder by Maeda-en a very great tea in the morning [2 scoops-75ml water 80c and ashot of lime juice about 20ml ] also contacted Maeda-en in Japan to find a supplier in Glasgow as its hard to get here,give it a go , you wont regrete it

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(Note: I always pray to God Almighty before making any tea. I ask God to guide me when creating the tea + and for His blessings and the conclusions for making this brand of matcha are: please continue to read…)

(One more note: I have tried matcha on [rare] occasions, for instance in ice cream and once as a sample in a store. Those are only times really. Both times I enjoyed and as a result, sought out to buy matcha to make tea at home.)

This tea is perfect. The taste is ideal, the quality is ultimate, the flavor and smell is life….Further, this tea provides a boost of energy!!

I do not own any wooden whisk, however, a milk frother ($7 at target) which I use to mix the powdered tea with settled boiled water.
I do not immediately pour boiled water when mixing, rather wait a bit, make sure the boiled water has settled and then start the process.

Now, the frother allows me to fairly mix the matcha and the water and make lots and lots of bubbles (foam). This is perfect!! Keep in mind, I prefer those bubbles forming because the tea seems to taste better when there is a bit more time spent with mixing. Create a smooth texture.
Regarding taste:
this matcha is not sharp bitter but medium like any regular matcha.
I do not like to add sugar (just because I’m trying to avoid sugar) or any other additives. Thus, the taste of this matcha is tolerable. I believe you can handle it and enjoy it just as it’s original state. However, I have yet to try milk.
Regarding whether iced/hot:
I enjoy traditional hot matcha. The warmth brings a sense of comfort and coziness (specially during Winter). Essentially, drinking matcha is very spiritual.
Although, I would try matcha iced, just not a fan of iced teas.
The quality:
The powder mixes great with water and creates a thick texture of just absolute amazingess.
That’s pretty much all that I have to say about this tea. It is wonderful.

You HAVE to try this brand. I purchased this $16.00 (w/ tax). However, this was literally the cheapest ones in the market (Whole Foods).

The experience:
When you drink this tea, you may feel relaxed and energized, maybe even vitalized, a sense of happiness and joy. Personally, drinking matcha reminds me of wheatgrass…but just heavier and tea-like.
This tea is meant to be sipped at a slow-paced matter (not gulping it down like a shake). There is an elaborate sense of formal manner when consuming matcha; a sense of enjoyment in a restful, slowed, calmful state of mind. You feel reassured of God’s love with each tranquil sip; in an unstressful environment. You want to finish your cup and cannot wait to make another one because it is habit forming (the entire ritualistic process).

In short, this is tasty tea. I am certain that you will like it too!! I hope that you do. I highly recommend that you buy and experience the high standing of this tea and maybe end up writing your own review as well.

Furthermore, if you don’t have any frother items nor any whisk, you may want to try a blender or simply shaking it in a bottle. It may work just as the same! I have seen some, put matcha in a closed container and shake….this may even work too!!

The key to making the perfect matcha is patience. You have to wait for the matcha powder to reasonably and thoroughly mix with your water (you also have to pay attention to the temperature of your water – I recommend waiting a bit after your water boils)…making sure that your water is at an appropriate heat also requires patience.

As a result, you get a nice green color. Lighter on top since the foam formed, and darker green on the bottom. It is pricey but….high quality meaning that it is the best.
Once you finish your matcha, you have absolutely no want to go back to your regular green tea. This is because, you consume the entire leaf with matcha. Most importantly, matcha is better than coffee because there is a steady caffein built in your body that is relatively fixed.

Again, you have to be tolerant of the tea as you realize the proper way of creating: pouring, mixing (whisking) and etc. You have to slow down when the tea requires and vice versa.

You may have already read the plentiful benefits of drinking matcha..that is good to consider too.

Anyways, enjoy!!! hopefully you learned something new. And also, because the process of making matcha may be challenging for some, I highly recommend praying to God and asking Him to show you the right way of doing so. Peace be with you, in Jesus precious name, Amen! Mini-testimony: every time I asked for God’s guidance, the tea turned out to be great and tasty!!
“God created [food] to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth. …[He] richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment” (1 Timothy 4:3; 6:17).

Thank you God for this wonderfully made tea You have provided for us. Thank you! Blessed be Thou, King Christ! :)

May you be well and in good health. Thank you for reading. May God bless you in abundance (maybe, plenty of your favorite teas! Haha!)

Flavors: Green, Thick

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Since I’m a matcha newbie, I wanted to buy something of decent quality but without spending a fortune. I thought this was a solid purchase, not cheap but not exorbitant, and so far I’m really happy with it. I used this to make an iced matcha latte using almond milk with no sweetener, whizzed up in a blender and poured over ice, no muss, no fuss. Delicious! If I’d known how easy and tasty this is, I would’ve dipped into this ages ago, but for some reason I thought I should first try it as a straight up bowl of matcha. Now that I know how good it is as a latte, I will be trying it more traditionally very soon. Well, when the weather stops being so summery – and I turn toward more hot teas than iced.

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Delicious in a foamy green tea latte on a hot day. Before the chill and rain struck DC, I wanted two of these per day. Matcha + milk + honey + ice and whew! Delicious, creamy, green, healthy, refreshing.

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